Ranked! The top 20 most expensive transfers ever

Neymar Jr of Brazil - here with President of PSG Nasser Al-Khelaifi - during press conference and jersey presentation following his signing as new player of Paris Saint-Germain at Parc des Princes on August 4, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images) The most expensive transfers ever
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Transfers of elite players have now reached eye-watering sums that simply would've been unimaginable a couple of decades ago, with the valuations of players skyrocketing in the modern era. 

Indeed, football has come a long way since the first-ever footballer to be transferred happened in 1893, when Scottish striker Willie Groves moved from West Bromwich Albion to Aston Villa for £100.

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Ryan Dabbs
Staff writer

Ryan is a staff writer for FourFourTwo, joining the team full-time in October 2022. He first joined Future in December 2020, working across FourFourTwo, Golf Monthly, Rugby World and Advnture's websites, before eventually earning himself a position with FourFourTwo permanently. After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism and Communications, Ryan earned a NCTJ qualification to further develop as a writer while a Trainee News Writer at Future. 

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